Bins for Windows 7
No this will not work in Windows Vista or Windows XP. It is a Windows 7 only program.
Free to try in Beta Stages
Right now $19.95 to buy on pre-order. Will be $25 once it goes final.
So I found this program one day in an RSS feed by chance. It looked promising so on the off chance I downloaded it, installed it and tried it out.
OneUp Industries' founder Jeff Bargmann has a passion for practical innovation, and since his youth one of his outlets has been through improving the Windows Operating System. Done originally as a hobby, Jeff has produced utilities which have reached over 10 million downloads, and which have shipped pre-installed on tens of millions of computers sold by Dell and HP. Examples of his work include the icon organizer Fences, and the animated dock programs ObjectDock and the Dell Dock.
Jeff continually seeks for ways to use technology to make small improvements - "OneUps" - to our daily routines, and hopes to continue working with others who share in this vision. OneUp Industries: Innovating with technology like it's our job!
From the OneUp Industries About Page
- Group your taskbar icons
Combine related programs on your Windows 7 taskbar into “Bins”.
Reduce clutter, and get at your programs quickly.
- Super easy
Create a Bin by dragging one taskbar icon on top of another, and dropping into the popup that appears. Ungroup shortcuts by dragging the icon back to the taskbar. No need to open a settings screen; Bins is simple and intuitive.
- Instantly accessible
Once combined into a Bin, your shortcuts will appear instantly when you mouse over the group’s icon, for launching or for window-management. Move your mouse away and your Bin will tuck back into the taskbar.
- Pin files and folders to your taskbar
Want a favorite folder or document more easily on hand? Bins allows you to pin any file or folder to your taskbar natively.
- Now in public beta
Bins is now available! Click download to give it a try.
Please note: while Bins is free during the beta period, there will be a small charge for it upon final release.
This is what my SuperBar (Or TaskBar as it is known in previous versions of Windows).
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That is what it looks like when you install a lot of programs and want quick access to them all. This is what it looks like now with Bins installed:
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Drastic reduction in the amount of space taken up. This is what it looks like when you mouse over each grouping:
Bins working with Aero Peek
To answer the questions in regards to how Bins will work with Aero Peek I took some screen shots to show you the effects it has when there is just a single Peek Window, Multiple Peek Windows and when you scroll over a specific program.
Single Program, Single Peek Window (Mouse over just the Chromium Icon):
Multiple Programs, Mouse over Bins Icon (Mouse over the Chromium Icon again):
Multiple Programs, Mouse over specific program (Mouse over IE Icon alone):
At first I didn't know what to expect from Bins. It was an unheard of program from an unknown source. At least to me. I have heard of Stardock, Dell Dock, Object Dock and such programs before but I never knew of their creator or the other work he has done. After just a couple of days of using this software, I will admit that I am glad I downloaded the public beta of the program and might even consider purchasing it when the time comes. I don't think I will be able to function without it anymore. It is so easy to just drag and drop the shortcuts into the grouping and have them there and ready for quick access when you want them.
No more hunting in the Start Menu, having an obscene amount of icons on your desktop or creating Folder that you Pin to explorer and have to right click to get access to. Now it is just drag, drop, group and away you go.
What more can be said about such a program? If you are like me and hate seeing icons on your desktop, dont want the additional clutter of a Dock that gets hidden when a program is open, Bins is for you. Head over to the site
and download the Beta and try it for yourself!
I give Bins 5 Stars!!!